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Harriet Tubman celebration Sept. 15

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2007 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 on the grounds of Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

The theme for this year's event is "Sharing Our History." Alumni of Cooksville and Harriet Tubman high schools and other guests have been invited.

Harriet Tubman High School, a segregated school for African-Americans, opened in 1948 and remained segregated until it was closed in 1965, said Howard Lyles, chairman of the Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc.

The Harriet Tubman High School Class of 1957 will be honored on the occasion of its 50th class reunion, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 443-280-1935 or Howard Lyles, 410-988-9701.

Three new buses equipped with lifts

Howard Transit has put three new small, lift-equipped buses on the road, County Executive Ken Ulman has announced.

Howard Transit and its contract manager, Corridor Transportation Corp., put the buses into service within days of receiving them.

The buses will be used along with sedans and vans that have been leased to HT Ride to provide curb-to-curb service for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The purchase of the buses and the expedited repair of air-conditioning systems and other mechanical problems in the county's aging bus fleet are expected to improve service and accommodate most HT Ride trips, said Carl Baiser, chief of transportation planning, in a news release.

Three gasoline-electric hybrid Toyota Priuses have been ordered for HT Ride and are expected to join the fleet by the end of September.

Two diesel-electric hybrid buses have been ordered and will be used for Howard Transit's fixed-route service.

40th-birthday items available

Souvenir items from Columbia's 40th-birthday celebration are still available to purchase.

"Columbia 40" banners will hang on light poles around Town Center until the end of the year, then will be for sale for a $40 donation to the Columbia Foundation. The banners, which cost $155 each, are being donated by General Growth Properties in the hope of raising money for the Columbia Foundation 40th Birthday Fund, to be used to fund local services and programs.

To reserve a banner for purchase: Anne Ford, 410-992-6500.

Wine bottled by Basignani Winery with a "Happy Birthday Columbia" label is available for sale at Allview Liquors, Bun Penny and Iron Bridge Wine Company, which is also selling the wine by the glass.

Cases of the wine are available from the winery. Visit www. columbia40.com/specialsdiscounts.htm for an order form.

Reprinted Columbia neighborhood posters designed by Gail Holliday starting in 1967 have been reduced from $35 to $20 each; the 40th-birthday poster has been reduced from $25 to $10. The posters can be purchased at the customer service desk at The Mall in Columbia or by calling Anne Ford, 410-992-6500.

Women for Women benefit today

Singer-songwriter Laura Dause will host and perform at Women for Women International's benefit coffee house concert today at 7 p.m. at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

Women for Women International provides financial, educational and emotional support, job training and assistance with small business development to women in war-torn regions of the world.

Admission is $10. Reservations are suggested. Beer, wine, coffee and desserts will be available to purchase.

Information: 301-725-4125. Or visit www.womenforwomen.org.

Red Cross calling for blood donors

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross has announced that the community blood supply remains at crisis level and is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation.

Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment.

Donors must be in generally good health; at least 17 years old or, in Maryland, age 16 with written parental consent; weigh 110 pounds or more; and have not received a tattoo within the previous year or donated whole blood within the previous 56 days.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Restaurant to hold hospital fundraiser

The Melting Pot restaurant in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia, will hold a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause the company has supported with donations nationwide of more than $2 million.

The hospital in Memphis, Tenn., specializes in treating childhood cancer and other diseases.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the restaurant, 10451 Twin Rivers Road. Those who attend can sample dishes including cheeses, chicken, shrimp, tuna, filet mignon and chocolates fondue-style.

The cost is $35; $15 for children to age 18. Cocktails are included for adults.

Proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The restaurant's servers are also donating their earnings for the night.

Information or reservations: 410-740-9988.

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